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What we know about COVID-19

Posted on 2020-03-23 02:20:00

If you don't know, now you know

You’re probably reading this from home unless you’re working in a bank or an ‘essential’ industry. Some of us are quite thrilled to stay at home by law while others are quite stumped as to what to do with all this free time especially if you’re not used to working from home.

Here’s something you can do: Read this to learn more about the virus. We’ve compiled some useful information about Coronavirus disease 2019, COVID-19 to help keep up the awareness on this pandemic.

How it’s spread
The virus is spread when droplets from an infected person enter that of a healthy person. A single cough can produce up to 3,000 droplets. Apart from direct contact, it can also be spread through surfaces that came into contact with an infected person. Hence why we’re told to wash our hands so frequently!

A study showed that the virus can live on surfaces for up to nine days if not disinfected properly and up to 28 days in cold temperatures. The virus is NOT airborne.

COVID-19 only recently began infecting humans
The virus commonly causes diseases in mammals and birds, and only recently began infecting humans. The virus causes mild symptoms ranging from the common cold to symptoms as serious as those experienced by SARS patients.

FUN FACT: The virus’ crown-like spikes on its surface has warranted the name Coronavirus. Corona is the Spanish word for crown.

What is a pandemic?
A pandemic does not have much to do with the increase of the severity of the disease but according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), a pandemic happens when a new disease emerges in which people do not have immunity for and is spread around the world.

Anyone can get sick from the virus
Not just people from China.

Anyone is likely to get the virus if droplets from an ill person enters your body. What can help is if you have been living a healthy lifestyle and supplementing your body with the necessary vitamins that strengthen your immune system.

It’s possible to get sick twice
This is probably the scariest part: There have been reports of patients recovering from the virus only to go home and get infected again.

A vaccine will be tested on humans
As of 18 March, a vaccine for the virus will be tested on humans but the road to ensuring a safe vaccine is still months from hitting the mainstream. In fact, creating a vaccine for any disease is a lengthy process that usually takes years, with study after study being conducted followed by testing on animals, more studies then only will it be tested on humans.

But it doesn’t end there! After the initial test, more studies will need to be conducted in order to get rid of any side effects. Professionals believe that a vaccine is likely to be ready around the third quarter of the year.

For more authentic news on the pandemic, visit the Ministry of Health's official website or follow them on Twitter.

Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

By Ahmed Wafi

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